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August 2001 - June 2017

The School Survival Forums are permanently retired. If you need help with quitting school, unsupportive parents or anything else, there is a list of resources on the Help Page.

If you want to write about your experiences in school, you can write on our blog.

To everyone who joined these forums at some point, and got discouraged by the negativity and left after a while (or even got literally scared off): I'm sorry.

I wasn't good enough at encouraging people to be kinder, and removing people who refuse to be kind. Encouraging people is hard, and removing people creates conflict, and I hate conflict... so that's why I wasn't better at it.

I was a very, very sensitive teen. The atmosphere of this forum as it is now, if it had existed in 1996, would probably have upset me far more than it would have helped.

I can handle quite a lot of negativity and even abuse now, but that isn't the point. I want to help people. I want to help the people who need it the most, and I want to help people like the 1996 version of me.

I'm still figuring out the best way to do that, but as it is now, these forums are doing more harm than good, and I can't keep running them.

Thank you to the few people who have tried to understand my point of view so far. I really, really appreciate you guys. You are beautiful people.

Everyone else: If after everything I've said so far, you still don't understand my motivations, I think it's unlikely that you will. We're just too different. Maybe someday in the future it might make sense, but until then, there's no point in arguing about it. I don't have the time or the energy for arguing anymore. I will focus my time and energy on people who support me, and those who need help.

-SoulRiser

The forums are mostly read-only and are in a maintenance/testing phase, before being permanently archived. Please use this time to get the contact details of people you'd like to keep in touch with. My contact details are here.

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  Thread: Similar Snowflakes
Post: RE: Similar Snowflakes

I sometimes imagine myself out of body, as a wispy spirit passing through matter. In this fantasy I can embody the things I pass through; I can know the thirst of a tree or the warmth of limestone in ...
Vatman Blogs 94 30,662 06-21-2017, 11:47 AM
  Thread: Duelix, Several Years Later
Post: RE: Duelix, Several Years Later

What did you learn from your time trolling?
Vatman Interviews 25 9,445 01-17-2017, 04:06 AM
  Thread: Similar Snowflakes
Post: RE: Similar Snowflakes

I'm flattered that you would suggest a site with a larger audience, unfortunately that isn't my goal. I have earned a relatively worthless bachelor of science in marketing, and while mostly worthless,...
Vatman Blogs 94 30,662 01-12-2017, 02:46 AM
  Thread: delete me plz
Post: RE: delete me plz

(11-24-2016 07:16 PM)vonunov Wrote:   (11-18-2016 03:52 PM)Vatman Wrote:  I've often thought about asking Soul to delete me. Something about it seems wrong though, it's as if I'm not ready ...
Vatman General Talk 13 2,712 12-10-2016, 06:14 PM
  Thread: Similar Snowflakes
Post: RE: Similar Snowflakes

About a year ago I started working at an advertising agency. I wore a sweater over my tucked-in button down. I shined my shoes in the morning and rehearsed what I would say, "It's not Gin, it's a lap ...
Vatman Blogs 94 30,662 11-23-2016, 06:14 PM
  Thread: Monologue Misery
Post: RE: Monologue Misery

I always go Wilde when I have the choice. Some of his best monologues sorted by gender and tone: http://www.monologuearchive.com/w/wilde_oscar.html
Vatman Homework Help & Answers 3 2,550 11-18-2016, 03:57 PM
  Thread: delete me plz
Post: RE: delete me plz

(11-11-2016 06:45 PM)Pieman Wrote:  - I've often thought about asking Soul to delete me. Something about it seems wrong though, it's as if I'm not ready to let go of the boy I was nearly a deca...
Vatman General Talk 13 2,712 11-18-2016, 03:52 PM
  Thread: New section: Surviving Society?
Post: RE: New section: Surviving Society?

https://www.youtube.com/user/learnhowtoadult It's fairly well produced and mostly open minded. You may as well link your website to it.
Vatman Help, Support & Suggestions 9 2,905 03-21-2016, 03:26 AM
  Thread: Similar Snowflakes
Post: RE: Similar Snowflakes

Twelve dollars and forty-nine cents to print eight hundred business cards. The common business card is three and a half by two inches. It should have the givers name, company or business affiliation...
Vatman Blogs 94 30,662 03-02-2016, 08:52 PM
  Thread: Symptoms of an Overactive Imagination
Post: RE: Symptoms of an Overactive Imagination

The elevator announces itself with a, "DING!" occasionally. A person will walk out and be bathed in the leaking blue light of a missing wall covered up with tarp. It inhales, the wall adjusts to the b...
Vatman Our Ever-Shifting Imaginations 37 38,099 10-06-2015, 08:09 AM
  Thread: Taking in a homeless person?
Post: RE: Taking in a homeless person?

I've always been fascinated by the disenfranchised, the lost, the wandering. Camping on curb-sides, re-purposing castles out of cardboard. It should be said though that "homeless" is really a poor wor...
Vatman General Talk 25 5,517 09-28-2015, 04:26 PM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

(06-05-2015 04:16 PM)Money morkel Wrote:  How would you like to die and what would you like done with your body? I would like to be atop a wooden platform addressing the gathered masses, My voi...
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 06-16-2015, 09:15 AM
  Thread: Similar Snowflakes
Post: RE: Similar Snowflakes

Who is to say what problems can't be solved from a particularly ornate carpeting. Rags to dishes, what wont Windex clean? An older friend of mine closed on a house with his girlfr....fiance. I was i...
Vatman Blogs 94 30,662 03-23-2015, 05:44 AM
  Thread: Similar Snowflakes
Post: RE: Similar Snowflakes

The snow melts and my shoes are wet. Six big tests, what should I do during spring break? Remember not to drain all of the pasta water; the starch helps bind the pasta to the sauce. I've been eati...
Vatman Blogs 94 30,662 03-12-2015, 05:46 AM
  Thread: Similar Snowflakes
Post: RE: Similar Snowflakes

I usually have more intent when writing these little blog posts. Inklings of a theme. I'm just rolling with it now, blindfolded and walking straight ahead determined to crash into whatever feels right...
Vatman Blogs 94 30,662 02-19-2015, 07:35 AM
  Thread: Similar Snowflakes
Post: RE: Similar Snowflakes

I remember how sarcastic it felt when Odysseus toasted to Achilles health in the Iliad. There are many an old Nordic song referring to clanking cups predating the middle ages by thousands of years. T...
Vatman Blogs 94 30,662 02-05-2015, 07:30 AM
  Thread: Do we know someone who definitely decided not to go to uni and still lived?
Post: RE: Do we know someone who definitely decided not ...

I know quite a few people who didn't attend college and did/are doing well. Around 40% of Americans between the ages of 25-60 have at least the equivalent of a two year degree. The other 60% aren't al...
Vatman Alternative Learning & Income 8 3,007 02-02-2015, 07:58 AM
  Thread: The Perfect Pizza and its component
Post: RE: The Perfect Pizza and its component

(01-26-2015 12:02 AM)xcriteria Wrote:  If we had a small SS meetup at a pizza place in New Haven, would you go? I bet we could get a couple people to show up if it was planned effectively. NYC...
Vatman General Talk 29 4,768 01-27-2015, 01:01 PM
  Thread: The Perfect Pizza and its component
Post: RE: The Perfect Pizza and its component

If you want good pizza, go to New Haven, CT. There is nothing in the world like Sally's Apizza. The classic all tomato pie is completely earth-changing. Pepe's Pizza is what pizza aspires to someda...
Vatman General Talk 29 4,768 01-25-2015, 12:12 PM
  Thread: Similar Snowflakes
Post: RE: Similar Snowflakes

As deep as a champagne flute. I feel consistently disconnected from tradition. I don't tailgate, trick or treat. You wont find me in line at a Black Friday sale or waiting on Punxsutawney Phil to tel...
Vatman Blogs 94 30,662 01-12-2015, 05:50 PM
  Thread: I like you
Post: RE: I like you

Sharpie, I like you because you are totally up front and practical. You don't beat around the bush, what in your mind is the most reasonable thing is the one you pursue and it makes you feel like a g...
Vatman General Talk 75 11,231 01-12-2015, 05:24 PM
  Thread: I like you
Post: RE: I like you

isolatedsystem, I like you because you show a real passion for learning, and while I haven't read too many of your posts... I have gathered that you are good with computers and bad at Portuguese. I h...
Vatman General Talk 75 11,231 01-12-2015, 05:14 PM
  Thread: I like you
Post: RE: I like you

Dead, I think this is the very first time you and I have posted in the same thread....though that isn't exactly your fault as I haven't been too active since 2013. If we weren't communicating now tog...
Vatman General Talk 75 11,231 01-12-2015, 05:05 PM
  Thread: I like you
Post: RE: I like you

brainiac3397, I like you because you are straight edge. No alcohol, no drugs. People say its tough to be young and sober, I never found that to be true...it was always easy for me, I never fought tem...
Vatman General Talk 75 11,231 01-12-2015, 04:35 PM
  Thread: I like you
Post: RE: I like you

Missile, There isn't a person in the world who is going to tell you who you are. I think that I was always drawn to the tone of your posts because I think you know what its like to be different. Alo...
Vatman General Talk 75 11,231 01-12-2015, 07:47 AM
  Thread: I like you
Post: RE: I like you

No, I'm much more of a lurker than I am a poster and while I remember reading hundreds of your posts, I don't know if I've ever responded to one of them. No, I'm not sure if you are aware but we sha...
Vatman General Talk 75 11,231 01-12-2015, 07:32 AM
  Thread: I like you
Post: RE: I like you

Rebelnerd, You aren't here anymore and I totally forgot about this post until someone reminded me about it. But I'd always begrudgingly admired you. I generally care more about something being intere...
Vatman General Talk 75 11,231 01-12-2015, 07:25 AM
  Thread: I like you
Post: RE: I like you

Night. I like you because you have flair for the dramatic. In the real scheme of things there is no ambient punk rock song slowly raising in volume as events lead to climax... but you understand the ...
Vatman General Talk 75 11,231 01-12-2015, 07:16 AM
  Thread: Still lurking
Post: RE: Still lurking

As a full-time lurker, part-time page flipper...you should all post more so that I can live vicariously through the passion of youth.
Vatman General Talk 17 3,232 01-10-2015, 03:04 AM
  Thread: Similar Snowflakes
Post: RE: Similar Snowflakes

Starting in similar fashion, we loop the cloth around our neck, over then under. It's an accessory to life. Hello strangers. You are the eyes meant for cereal advertisements and nip slips, I feel hum...
Vatman Blogs 94 30,662 01-06-2015, 03:00 PM
  Thread: Good News Sources
Post: RE: Good News Sources

Scrolling words at the bottom of the screen, "eight dead in terrific Doritos accident." While it seems a simple thing to report the news with no bias, sadly it is nearly impossible to do so. Journalis...
Vatman General Talk 16 4,722 01-06-2015, 02:21 PM
  Thread: Pets of SS
Post: RE: Pets of SS

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/8uA5b8W.jpg[/IMG] This is Shelly, she's two years old!
Vatman General Talk 18 3,532 10-30-2014, 04:14 PM
  Thread: Write a note to your past self only using 2 words
Post: RE: Write a note to your past self only using 2 wo...

forget thoroughly
Vatman General Talk 29 4,877 09-25-2014, 09:42 AM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

(07-13-2014 10:40 PM)Weswammy Wrote:  Is masturbation poetic? Absolutely, yes. It is because it is so different from sex, anything inefficient and unique just reeks of poetry. I think it smells ...
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 09-08-2014, 06:06 AM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

Quote:Do you partake in the snorting of meth off the ass cheeks of strippers? Not yet. I could see myself going down that path running an international banana ring though. Quote:Do you still love me?...
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 09-08-2014, 05:52 AM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

(07-13-2014 01:49 PM)Absentinsomniac Wrote:  Cocaine? I like to think of myself as a depressant personally. I'm kidding, though I very unsecretly wish to be addictive. I think a drug that does...
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 09-08-2014, 05:30 AM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

Quote:How old are you? Idk if this was already asked, cbf to look xD I'm 12,578,917 minutes old, as of this post. I did the math!!! Quote:how many trees are required to grow a cloud that has a face a...
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 09-08-2014, 05:14 AM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

Quote:Thoughts on the Althusserians? I'm not okay with alltherussians. Absolutes are too simple to be true. Quote:Was Poulantzas' works really a Marxist response to Michel Foucault as one post in RL...
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 09-08-2014, 04:42 AM
  Thread: The Economics of Sex
Post: RE: The Economics of Sex

“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” ~Oscar Wilde I've been thinking about this post alot lately, and I wonder if the solution to the cycle has always been just conv...
Vatman Psychology - Life, Love & Learning 41 11,482 08-23-2014, 05:34 PM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

(06-27-2014 01:21 PM)Hansgrohe Wrote:  Are you single or in a relationship? My lovely and talented girlfriend and I will be celebrating our six year anniversary in nine days. I should really get...
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 06-27-2014, 06:34 PM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

(06-27-2014 10:51 AM)Alistoriv Wrote:  Oh, I was under the impression that your name was a reference to the job of a vatman, who puts the pulp into a mold in the process of making paper. It fit ...
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 06-27-2014, 06:33 PM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

(06-27-2014 09:19 AM)I Must Enter a Username Wrote:  Are all my questions going to be answered by you soon? I mean, I already know my thoughts on what Korsch wrote, and honestly I think he unde...
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 06-27-2014, 06:30 PM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

(06-27-2014 07:04 AM)Cianna200 Wrote:  What if I told you I was a witch? Boil Boil Toil and Trouble. Roald Dahl once quipped that, "people who don't believe in magic will never find it." While ...
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 06-27-2014, 06:27 PM
  Thread: How do you like this for a story idea?
Post: RE: How do you like this for a story idea?

I feel like the theme of free speech in a novel is an exercise in humility. You have this limitless free speech and then you have to somehow quell your characters ability to express themselves? Sounds...
Vatman Original Artwork/Writing 7 2,826 06-27-2014, 06:36 AM
  Thread: I have a crush but im afraid to talk to her
Post: RE: I have a crush but im afraid to talk to her

You are failing to imagine her complexly! She is a person living and forgetting to call her grandparents on their birthdays just like you. Think of it this way, if someone had a crush on you wouldn't ...
Vatman General Talk 26 4,863 06-27-2014, 06:32 AM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

(06-26-2014 04:38 PM)W Kuts Wrote:  What do you think your ancestors did to warrant the surname of Vatman? Hidden stuff: My guess is one of them collected vats or kept men in vats.. Th...
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 06-27-2014, 06:29 AM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

(06-26-2014 12:41 PM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  Why aren't you cauldronman or potman or bucketman or bowlman? What better an object to contain myself than my real name. Vatman is my real life surname.
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 06-26-2014, 03:34 PM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

(06-26-2014 11:27 AM)Alistoriv Wrote:  Is being a vatman as boring as it sounds? Never a dull moment when you are clinging to unsure realities. There was a scene in an episode of Louie where hi...
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 06-26-2014, 03:33 PM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

(06-26-2014 07:20 AM)no Wrote:  Why do we humans bother with this thing called life? I sometimes wonder that myself. My last blogpost was on this subject but different mood, different outlook. ...
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 06-26-2014, 03:29 PM
  Thread: I answer questions
Post: RE: I answer questions

Quote:Do you love yourself? It's a tango of passion really. Sometimes when I get the phrasing just right I fall so fast that the world implodes around me. Right now though, it tastes sour and I regret...
Vatman Interviews 45 13,853 06-26-2014, 03:25 PM

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